Geographies of everyday nationhood: experiencing multiculturalism in Melbourne

Edensor, T and Sumartojo, S 2018, 'Geographies of everyday nationhood: experiencing multiculturalism in Melbourne', Nations and Nationalism, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 553-578.

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Title Geographies of everyday nationhood: experiencing multiculturalism in Melbourne
Author(s) Edensor, T
Sumartojo, S
Year 2018
Journal name Nations and Nationalism
Volume number 24
Issue number 3
Start page 553
End page 578
Total pages 26
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Abstract In this article, we explore the geographies of nationhood manifest in everyday life, arguing that our quotidian surroundings continually reproduce the nation as we engage with them. We show that nationhood is obvious and ubiquitous in the lives of people when they are asked to attune to it, and that even when not in the forefront of attention, it partly informs how we make sense of our daily experiences. This is not to claim that nationhood is fully formed or coherent, a separate substratum waiting to be tapped into or closely defined by an identifiable symbolic repertoire, if only we pay attention. Instead, we demonstrate that nationhood is emergent in everyday life, is reproduced continuously and intimately entangled with the sensations, routines, material environments, public encounters, everyday competencies, memories, aspirations and a range of other affective and embodied qualities that comprise how we understand and inhabit our worlds. This mundane experience involves shifting between reflexive and unreflexive states, and the method we deploy - photo-elicitation - is devised to draw out these oscillations and heighten the attunement of participants to the usually unreflexively apprehended taken-for-granted national qualities of everyday space. Here, we aim to empirically foreground the neglected spatial dimensions that characterize the experience of banal nationalism.
Subject Human Geography not elsewhere classified
Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Australia
Banal Nationalism
Everyday Nationalism / Nationalism From Below / Local Nationalism
DOI - identifier 10.1111/nana.12421
Copyright notice © 2018 The Authors Nations and Nationalism published by Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism and John Wiley & Sons Ltd
ISSN 1354-5078
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